Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jammie Dilema

We have had a small problem in our house. It's been going on for at least a year or more. It was all over pyjamas! See, I have this little boy who takes them off, rolls them up in a ball & throws them in the bed he sleeps in. That bed is not in his own room, so at night he just pulls out another pair. The other little boy I know, he just throws his on the floor & when I tell him to pick them up he chucks them in the laundry.

Needless to say it's been driving me insane! A friend shared that she made bedtime bags where her children could stash their pj's, a bedtime story, & a loved stuffed animal. Everything you need to get ready for bed without having to hunt it down.

I thought the idea was fantastic & put the idea on my to-do list. Each time I considered making them I remembered the pyjama bag I had as a kid & debated hunting down a pattern for it. Yesterday while debating which project to start in on next, I stumbled upon the Pajama Eater.

He's much more "guy friendly" then the one I had, & the pattern came together rather easily. I pulled out some old jeans that were in the sewing box & hacked up pieces to use, thus the seams running around his tum & legs. Waste not, want not, right? I did change things a little bit though.

I used felt for the eyeballs. I wanted to keep the project quick & simple and new if I used cotton material I'd feel the need to satan stitch around them. This way, I could just do a normal stitch around his eyes & not worry. I also took the hem off the bottom of one leg of the jeans & used it to make a handle to hang him from a door handle with. I knew that if the bags were in their beds it wouldn't solve the problem. It needed to be at an easier to access area, especially for the little boy who sleeps in the top bunk.

The only quibble I had with the pattern is that the legs turned out to be too big for the base of the monster. However, that might have been my fault because the jean material had a little bit of stretch to it & you need to measure the leg pieces yourself. Then again, I also had the measure out the body pieces myself so perhaps my measurements were off a little there. Either way, I just took the seam of the leg in a little & problem fixed!

I even ripped open an old stuffed animal that was in the box of things to get rid of to snag stuffing for this little critter. There's enough stuffing left for the other one that is nearly done. The only thing I had to buy for this project were the zippers, & the store didn't have the right size but it all worked out. One doesn't complain about $1.60 do they? Now, if I could just drill it in their heads that these are not toys. I've had to remind a certain little boy to put his back 3x since finishing it all ready.


The Zookeeper said...

Love him!!!!! So cute - Again so much talent!!

Butterfly said...

That's brilliant! My son (with help) can design and make one for his sister's birthday. He wanted to sew her something. Perfect timing (12 days until the event). Thanks for the inspiration ;)

Melissa said...

So cute, Kendra! If only I wasn't so lazy...

Belzi said...

What a good idea. My DS leaves his pyjames all over the house too. I like how they look almost like cushions :)